Esophagus Cancer Overview

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Can I lower the risk of my esophagus cancer growing or coming back?

Most people want to know if there are certain lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their risk of their cancer growing or coming back. Unfortunately, for most cancers there is little solid evidence to guide people. This doesn’t mean that nothing will help – it's just that for the most part this is something that hasn’t been well studied. Most studies have looked at lifestyle changes as ways of preventing cancer in the first place, not slowing it down or keeping it from coming back.

At this time, not enough is known about esophagus cancer to say for sure if there are things you can do that will be helpful. Tobacco and alcohol use have clearly been linked to esophagus cancer, so not smoking or drinking may help reduce your risk. We don’t know for certain if this will help, but we do know that it can help improve your appetite and overall health. It can also reduce the chance of getting other types of cancer. If you want to quit smoking and need help, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Other healthy behaviors such as eating well, getting regular exercise, and staying at a healthy weight may help as well, but no one knows for sure. However, we do know that these types of changes can have positive effects on your health that can extend beyond your risk of cancer.


Last Medical Review: 12/26/2012
Last Revised: 12/26/2012